Follow along with our all-in-one guide to learn how this master tool can help you play music, understand theory, and even write a masterpiece.
The key of a piece of music determines the set of notes it uses and you can learn to recognise the two types of key, major and minor, by ear. Key is closely related to musical scale and identifying the key can help you play by ear and transcribe more efficiently.
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Learn how to find the tonic in any song in a major key using our intuitive tips and tricks. Then use it to your advantage to write music and play by ear!
Classical Era composers mastered musical form to frame their myriad thoughts and emotions. Learn how to listen for form in the music of Beethoven and Haydn.
Although it looks strange, the Circle of Fifths it is actually very relevant to your musical life. The trick is to learn the useful patterns hidden inside.
Learning to “spell” intervals is essential but the standard way to work them out is too slow! Use these tricks to speed it up.
To use interval recognition for real musical tasks you’ll need to know how to spell intervals too. Learn quickly with this clever and unusual approach.
Being able to distinguish the differences between major and minor keys is easier than you might think. Follow these 2 easy steps to learn how.
Knowing the key can save you a lot of head-scratching when transcribing music. Here are some tricks to quickly find the key of a song by ear.
Learn to identify major and minor keys by ear and it will be much easier for you to play by ear and improvise. Here are two shortcuts to help you learn.
Learn how to find the tonic of any piece of music and practice with these well-known popular songs and classical pieces in part two of this tutorial.
Identifying the tonic in a melody is a useful skill that will help you play by ear, transcribe and more. Find out how, and practice with these examples.
We think that the theme of a track just means its melody. But in fact theme is a much bigger concept and you should know all your options when writing music.